Last week, 17- year-old singer and entertainer JoJo Siwa came out as gay.
This is substantial for her many fans, many of whom are children. And this is a big individual turning point for JoJo.
Unfortunately, some monstrous homophobes were not in a congratulatory state of mind.
But JoJo had an extremely diplomatic method of shutting down the bigoted clowns who came for her.
” My child will never see you again!” an irritated bigot screeched at JoJo Siwa on Instagram.
There are a thousand methods to react to that kind of message, however JoJo did not fall under any of those traps.
She simply responded with a short and basic: “Okay!” Savage
JoJo could have revealed hurt, or attempted to engage the obvious homophobic giant.
She might have said that she was sorry for the homophobe’s kid– no kid deserves to grow up in a toxic household.
This short, sweet shutdown left nothing more to be said and avoids getting drawn into a squabble that will go no place with a person who wants that you didn’t exist.
As we said, JoJo Siwa coming out at this moment in her career, when she has actually been performing to sold out arenas, is so good for many individuals.
It benefits LGBTQ+ kids who are her fans, whether they identify as such or not.
It’s good for her fans who are cisgender and heterosexual, whose point of referral for gay people will be one of their favorite entertainers.
For all of those reasons and more, homophobes dread stars coming out.
They don’t want any kid to feel that they can be accepted if they are open about who they are.
Tragically, this goes double for their own kids. There are parents in this world who would want their kid a lifetime if shame and anguish rather of authenticity.
It appears that not all of the bigots dissatisfied with JoJo were willing to keep their contempt limited to social media.
Somebody called authorities to her home over a phony emergency situation, a practice known as “SWATTING” that can get individuals eliminated.
JoJo is fine, but the timing of this– quickly after her coming out livestream– is impossible to overlook.
For the many part, however, JoJo’s coming out was extremely well gotten, by her fans and by newcomers.
In fact, she had been dropping hints about it for a number of days prior to she came out straight.
( I could not withstand making a meme of it at the time, as you can see)
JoJo has shared that though she is happy to be in the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, she has not yet selected a label for herself– because she just doesn’t understand.
( Remember, “gay” can be an umbrella term for the community, an option to the acronym and easier for cishet people to repeat than the commonly preferred “queer” label)
Some people understand their labels at 14, others at 41.
JoJo is a bright, beautiful (when she’s not in her efficiency persona) girl.
She is a rich expert with an intense future ahead of her.
We are so happy for her and so grateful that, if she should encounter homophobia, she knows how to silence her despiteful giants.